Yoga is a scientifically-proven, time-tested 6,000 year-old system of self-improvement. The heart of yogic teachings lies in the belief that a self-fulfilled person is a healthy person, free from disease caused by stress and unhealthy living habits. The practice of yoga is designed to lead to an ever-increasing knowledge of oneself and the needs of the body and mind in order to achieve and maintain good physical and mental health and spiritual harmony. Yoga, in short, is a science of self-improvement that deals with the whole human being.
Union of Body and Soul
Hatha Yoga, which is the yoga of physical well-being, is literally the union of “ha” meaning sun or positive aspect and “tha” meaning moon or negative aspects. Consequently, Hatha Yoga is that part of yoga that seeks to unite our polarities and conflicts into a state of harmony. Through its related series of exercises for both body and mind, Hatha Yoga techniques are intended to rejuvenate and bring into proper balance all aspects of the body: endocrine system, vascular system, digestive system, nervous system and musculature on our journey toward self-realization.
Hatha Yoga postures (asanas) are very different from other forms of physical exercise. Unlike calisthenics and sports, which emphasize stamina and vigorous muscular activity – often to the point of exhaustion – Hatha Yoga postures encourage concentration, perseverance and steady progress. They can be practiced and enjoyed by young and old, healthy and unhealthy, strong and weak.